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Municipal Toxics Reduction Program Assistant - Environment Department (5638)

Recruitment: RTF0121176-01096727

Published: January 03, 2023

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Department: Environment
Job class: 5638-Environmental Assistant
Salary range: $78,624.00 - $95,550.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


Would you like to make a real impact on environmental pollution, public health, and climate change? Are you a people person enthusiastic about using your scientific background to engage with diverse partners and stakeholders? Do you have a passion for changemaking that benefits the health and sustainability of people and the planet? If so, we invite you to apply to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco – and beyond!

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

Who We Are - The San Francisco Environment Department (SF Environment) advances climate protection and enhances quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is a department within the City and County of San Francisco, a local government committed to innovation, leadership and collaboration in creating environmental change.  SF Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies and programs, which center on achieving zero waste, reducing toxic chemical hazards, advancing environmental justice, promoting low-carbon transportation modes, expanding clean energy infrastructure, greening our built environment and protecting our urban forest. We’re a passionate, mission-driven team that values credibility , collaboration, impact, innovation and equity. SF Environment is also a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.

SF Environment Racial Equity Statement  - For over 20 years, SF Environment has worked with San Francisco’s Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to mitigate environmental burdens, increase accessibility of environmental programs and benefits, engage community members, and improve health outcomes. BIPOC communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors that include air and soil pollution, illegal dumping of toxics and other materials, industrial land uses and transportation impacts. They are more likely to live in housing conditions with limited access to green space and where poor indoor air quality from pests, mold, and the use of toxic products contributes to the prevalence of asthma and other health disparities. They are more likely to be employed in areas with high levels of exposure to toxics. Now, they are the first communities feeling the impacts of climate change, with the fewest resources to respond. SF Environment has a longstanding commitment to the principles of environmental justice, whereby communities most impacted by environmental stressors and climate change are prioritized and the long-time work of community leaders is recognized and supported. We are committed to uplifting the contributions of local environmental leaders of diverse racial backgrounds and ensuring that racial equity is the cornerstone of all of our programs, policies, and services.

Role description

The Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program develops programs and policies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the commercial, residential, and municipal sectors. The Municipal Toxics Reduction team works with San Francisco City departments to implement the City’s Buy Green Program and Integrated Pest Management Program, through policy, training, outreach and technical support. Our programs lead by example - many of the projects we undertake in San Francisco City departments are replicated in our commercial and residential work, as well as by jurisdictions beyond San Francisco.

The Municipal Toxics Reduction Program Assistant is responsible for implementing environmental ordinances, assisting in data analysis and report writing, working to develop and improve online dashboards, implementing environmental programs required by federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and assisting program managers in projects and programs. In this role, you will help with coordination and implementation of the Buy Green and Integrated Pest Management Programs, and will help support the development of new programs related to municipal toxics reduction.

We have two vacancies in this role and are hiring for two positions.

What You’ll Do - The duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this position and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  • Conduct product research, identifying chemicals of concern and safer solutions.
  • Draft presentations, correspondence, reports and memos related to the Municipal Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program.
  • Assist in the planning, organizing, logistics, and evaluation of stakeholder meetings related to San Francisco’s Buy Green Program and Integrated Pest Management Program.
  • Manage data cleaning and processing for Buy Green and Integrated Pest Management programs.
  • Maintain and improve online dashboards for the Buy Green and Integrated Pest Management programs.
  • Assist in the planning, creation, and distribution of outreach and educational materials.
  • Organize and participate in meetings with City staff, local government agencies, elected officials, businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders.
  • Respond to written and verbal inquiries from stakeholders and from other City departments.
  • Assist with stakeholder outreach/education and marketing efforts, including staffing special events and making public presentations.
  • Maintain and improve online dashboards for the Buy Green and Integrated Pest Management programs.
  • Maintain online content for various webpages.
  • Develop green purchasing criteria language for inclusion in City contracts.
  • Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, public administration, business administration, or a field related to toxics reduction (including but not limited to green chemistry, environmentally preferable purchasing, integrated pest management, or sustainability) from an accredited college or university; AND

Experience - One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs, within the specialty area of toxics reduction programs (such as integrated pest management, environmentally-preferable purchasing, or chemical hazard assessment and alternatives assessment); AND

License - Possession of a valid driver's license.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.

Desirable Qualifications - The desirable qualifications may be used to select among finalists at the end of the selection process. We don't expect any one candidate to have all the qualifications listed below. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have a mix of the desirable qualifications and a passion for this work – please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

  • Demonstrated experience in written and oral public communication
  • Demonstrated ability to organize people and complex projects related to environmental issues
  • College courses in chemistry, toxicology, and/or environmental sciences
  • Course work or work experience involving the creation of environmental purchasing requirements and/or integrated pest management
  • Superior interpersonal skills, supportive collaborator and team member
  • Understanding of the principles of equity, inclusion, and diversity

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How to Apply - Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every position to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Please email Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the Selection Procedures section.

What else should I know?


  • Salary Range - $78,624- $95,550 per year (link to salary range)
  • Application Opening: January 3, 2023
  • Application Deadline: January 23, 2023
  • Recruitment ID: 121177
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every position to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Selection Procedures - After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying) - After submitting your application and receiving the confirmation email, you will receive an email with a link to the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ). Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 60%) - Candidates who respond to the MQSQ and advance beyond the minimum qualifications review will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire. All candidates must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed

Performance Evaluation (Weight: 40%) - Candidates who advance beyond the minimum qualifications review will also be prompted to complete a Performance Evaluation. All candidates must complete the Performance Evaluation and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Performance Evaluation must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Performance Evaluation cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation and Performance Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Supplemental Questionnaire and Performance Evaluation are designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. This includes knowledge of: Federal, state, and local environmental issues, laws and regulations relating to toxic substances; Quantitative and qualitative data tracking and analysis; Circular economy, toxics reduction, alternatives assessment, and/or resource conservation principles; and Community outreach and public engagement techniques. This also includes the ability to: Work independently and as part of diverse cross-disciplinary teams; Read and summarize legal, scientific, and/or technical documents; Analyze research and make recommendations in support of human and environmental health; Develop and foster working relationships with a variety of individuals; Organize people and complex projects; Proficiently use a personal computer, including word processing programs, spreadsheets, databases, internet, and presentation software; and Communicate effectively, both orally and in written format, including making presentations.

After the eligible list is finalized/adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

Certification - The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List - A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.